Why writers write

 

When Forty Years Stoned was published, I dreaded the idea of doing any public speaking on behalf of it.  Like lots of people, I didn’t have that kind of social confidence, or at least I thought I didn’t.  Then I gave a couple of public readings, and they went well.  I realized that I had been carrying around his outdated image of myself for decades, as a shy awkward kid from Detroit.  But it didn’t fit the man I was now, fifty years later.  I had acquired some charm along the way.  So I got my speaking game together and practiced some riffs.  Here are three clips of me enjoying the spotlight in late September at the Southern California Writers Conference in Irvine.

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